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Buying train tickets online while still in the U.S

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Buying train tickets online while still in the U.S

Is this a good idea? We will be travelling by train between Rome-Venice and Florence. Is the site cart.italiarail.com/tickets a legitimate one?

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1. Re: Buying train tickets online while still in the U.S

italiarail.com is legitimate, but it adds a small fee to the actual ticket costs.

For the best prices, book direct with the train operator as far ahead as possible. Tickets go on sale 4 months before travel, and the cheapest tickets often sell out quickly. The discounted prices keep going up as the travel date gets closer.

You can get train times and costs from www.trenitalia.com clicking on the UK flag to change to English and using the Italian versions of city names. There is also a new operator serving Milan, Turin, Bologna, Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples and Salerno: http://www.italotreno.it/EN

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2. Re: Buying train tickets online while still in the U.S

we purchased our tickets from Rome to Naples, Naples to Florence, Florence to Venice and Venice to Rome all ahead of time online at www.trenitalia.com

it was much easier than waiting in line in the train station! Also, we purchased the Eurail pass with 5 travel days.

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3. Re: Buying train tickets online while still in the U.S

A Eurail pass in Italy will always cost more than point-to-point tickets. See the excellent advice at www.seat61.com and especially seat61.com/Railpass-and-Eurail-pass-guide.htm

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4. Re: Buying train tickets online while still in the U.S

This discussion is on point:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g187791-i22-k59729…

Note that at present, the 9-Euro Super Economy fares for RESERVED fast trains discussed in the thread are now available only on a few short-distance routes, while the "starting fares" on many popular tourist routes BEGIN at 19 or 29 Euros. Don't expect to find the 9-Euro fares on such routes today.

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5. Re: Buying train tickets online while still in the U.S

Thanks, That's very helpful.

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